Thursday, 21 October 2010
Two pieces of news before I start on today's post. First of all it was a lovely evening yesterday - the talk went well and the celebrations were very enjoyable.
Secondly - Morning AJ makes a suggestion regarding Archaeological finds - in case you don't go back to read the comments page I reproduce it here, with thanks to Morning AJ - she says if you wish to start looking for finds from the past it is a good idea to start kicking mole hills - moles dig up soil from quite deep down and you never know what little treasures you might find. I shall certainly try it in the future.
Today, at long last, I have managed to find a day when my friend was free and I was free and together we have been out for a drive round the countryside and lunch in a lovely pub.
We drove through the lanes to Fountains Abbey near Ripon, not to look round the abbey, which I have featured on my blog before, but to go to the National Trust Gift Shop to start our Christmas shopping. Then it was on to the Grantley Arms for lunch. We were the only people there but the atmosphere was lovely - warm, sun pouring through the windows and a wood-burning stove going full pelt in the hearth.
Delicious soup - Tomato with a hint of smoked paprika eaten with a caraway seed roll. Following this pan fried loin of pork for me and beetroot and halloumi mille feuille for my friend. Lovely coffee and chocolates to finish with. I joked with my friend that when she read the menu she said 'LION' of pork - henceforth this will be what I call it - it sounds so exotic!
We came back through Ripon to call at the embroidery shop - and there I was able to do quite a lot of Christmas present shopping as they had so many nice little gifts.
Then we had a walk along the Ripon canal - such a pleasant little backwater and so pretty. These little backwaters are so rarely visited - we tend to pass within a few yards (the main road runs alongside, separated by a few trees).
The canal basin is basically the end of the line - it doesn't go any further. Certainly at this time of the year there is no traffic at all on the canal, apart from a few ducks. There are several pretty flats alongside - what a lovely place to live, especially at this time of the year with the autumn colours. Don't you think my duck photograph looks a bit like an impressionist painting?
We had a lovely day out - the deciduous larches along the way are all turning the most beautiful golden-yellow. At our pub stop the leaves on the Virginia creeper were dropping off. They were huge and a deep red - I wish I had photographed one to show you all.
Back home for tea at 5pm with a chocolate pig wrapped in pink shiny paper as a present for the farmer.